Head & Neck Cancers
- Q Can head and neck cancer be prevented?
Although no method will prevent head and neck cancer with certainty, eliminating risk factors for the disease will reduce the chances of developing it. Because tobacco and alcohol use are the primary risk factors for head and neck cancer, stopping the... Full Answer
- Q What is the rate of incidence of oropharyngeal cancer?
The rate of incidence of oropharyngeal cancer is higher in men than in women. Overall, the rate of incidence of cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx is 10.4 per 100,000. The rate of incidence of cancer in the oropharynx and tonsil region is 1.9 per... Full Answer
- Q Should I talk to my doctor about my oropharyngeal cancer symptoms?
If you develop symptoms such as persistent sore throat, difficulty swallowing, earache, the sensation that you have a lump in your throat, voice changes, or loss of weight, you should speak to your doctor. While these symptoms may not mean you have... Full Answer
- Q How do other illnesses affect oropharyngeal cancer?
Human papilloma virus is one illness that may affect the prognosis of oropharyngeal cancer, even though it is a risk factor for developing the cancer. Those with evidence of the virus in their tumor cells have a better prognosis than those with no... Full Answer
- Q Is there a cure for oropharyngeal cancer?
Whether or not oropharyngeal cancer can be cured depends on the cancer stage at diagnosis and the location of the tumor. The five-year survival rate for patients with stage I cancer of the oropharynx and tonsil is 56 percent. The five-year survival rates... Full Answer